blue notes, no.1 – Isaiah Lopaz

Fluent in the Languages of my Selves



Title: "Fluent in the Languages of my Selves"

64 pages, 14 x 21 cm
ISBN 978-3-948174-17-0


German, English

Text & Collages

Isaiah Lopaz


Christopher Nixon


Helena Melikov


Dominique Haensell


Joshua Stephens


In his essay, the writer and artist Isaiah Lopaz tells of recovered memories, yearning desires and the bitter and painful disappointment that his place of refuge, Europe, became. His text powerfully bears witness to how, despite racism and exclusion, he finds himself in his diverse and polyphonic identities, where he develops his own poetic language and power. The text is accompanied by thirteen collages from the Anthology/Appendix series, which explores themes of diaspora, desire, isolation and belonging.

Fluent in the Languages of my Selves is the first in the blue notes series. blue notes publishes intersectional voices and invites us to explore marginalized experiences and perspectives in short literary and visual formats. Like the blue notes, they create resistant dissonances.

Isaiah Lopaz is a transdisciplinary artist and writer working ritually with collage, performance, textbased works, and curated conversations. Born on occupied Tongva land and raised in a working class African American home, Lopaz is a queer multilocal migrant of Geechee, Anishinaabe, and Muskogee heritage, based in Berlin, Bruxelles, and Rotterdam.




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